Update Info:

We will be having dinner Friday evening at 7PM at Macayo’s which is not very far away. If we need multiple cars, we will arrange it. Macayo’s is a landmark restaurant in Phoenix and is where the Chimichanga was invented. Yes, it is Mexican food. I have heard there is other kinds of food, but I write that off as an insidious rumor. Meet at my studio at 6:30 for travel to Macayos. (Yes, they have burgers for gringos… sigh.)

Saturday will start with some lighting demos… some folks have asked that we include some lighting and I think that makes a lot of sense. If you are already proficient, you can choose to sleep in.

1. Lighting Demo: Creating an ambient base with flash, using grid spots for extra tweaks, and how to create a beauty shot with only one light.

Class starts at 9AM.

This is the JumpStart business curriculum. Absolutely fine to bring recording devices, but not necessary for all as we are video capturing the presentations.

We break at noon for lunch, and start again at 1PM with portfolio reviews.

Lunch is delivered.

Curriculum again at 2PM and we continue to 4PM.

Extensive question and answer period.

At 5PM we head out to Papago Park (desert park) for a shoot with Briana and a friend. This is optional, post workshop fun. Dinner will be at 8PM and we will do recap of the day.

Sunday morning is similar with another lighting demo at 7:30.

JumpStart begins at 9AM and goes to Noon.

Lunch is delivered and chat to 1PM.

Portfolio reviews to 2PM.

Curriculum to 4PM

Q and A till we are done.

I expect that to be about 6-6:30, but I do not have any deadline.

Folks will be on their own for dinner on Sunday. There are many great restaurants in the area.

PLEASE BRING PORTFOLIOS – or if your book is online, we will do it live there.

We have internet at the studio, so laptops or wireless devices are welcome.

You will be staying in an interesting part of town… lots of old stuff and new combined. If you are wanting to shoot, there will be opportunities.

Questions? Let me know ASAP.


So far I have the following attendees:
Richard A. Heckler
Steve (CapturedKeepSake)
Shandi Kay
Sally Carless
Bob Knill
JD Valmonte
Virginia Smith
Ken Yau

If you are planning and I have missed you on the list, PLEASE let me know ASAP.

See you all the last weekend of July!


Winner: Catherine Johnson AND Eric Bartel. We had a tough time with the tie, so we have to go with both.
I need to hear from you two very very quickly so we can find a date and a time.

For all other entries… you win something as well.

July 28 – 29, 2012 : The Emerging Photographer “Jump Start” Workshop is for you.

You are already enrolled, and there is no cost to you for this workshop. You only have to get here and cover your accommodations. (More coming on that.)
We will be video taping the lectures and demonstrations, so you will be on camera.

This is a Saturday/Sunday seminar. It is a new seminar, and you will be in on it as it is launched.

It will be warm* in Phoenix, but we will have our workshop in my studio.
After hour shooting will be arranged, as will several other fun things.

Please let me know ASAP if you are planning to attend. This workshop/seminar will be the same as the One on One, but in a class situation. We start at 9am, and end at 5pm. That leaves plenty of time for dinner and some personal shooting. There will be a fun after-shoot dinner at La Tolteca (authentic Mexican Food near my studio).

  • Personal portfolio review with me.
  • Two fun lighting demos
  • Workbook
  • Copy of the Video Program
  • A solid approach to building your business
And again… this seminar is ONLY available for the entrants in this contest. If you entered, you are already enrolled… we just have to know if you are planning to come.
Hotel’s are not expensive here in the summer, and there are several hotels/motels near the studio that means you won’t really need a rental car.
Thanks to ALL who entered this contest!
Accommodations Information:
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Americas Best Value Inn Phoenix Airport Hotel-Motel
424 West Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 257-8331

Clean and comfortable, no frills. Several clients and workshop folks have stayed there and all gave good reviews. Literally across the street from the studio.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Phoenix Downtown – Ballpark
620 North 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 452-2020

I have not stayed here, but several of my clients have and they said it was quite nice. A bit of a walk from the studio, but certainly not far enough to be a problem.

Hotel San Carlos
202 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(866) 253-4121

One of Phoenix’s treasures. This is a very old hotel that has been kept up wonderfully. Right downtown and within walking distance of the studio.

Westin-Phoenix Downtown
333 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 429-3500

Never stayed there, but Westin’s are always nice.

(* Actually it gonna be way hot… so be prepared for that… heh.)
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